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Cheek implants are used to improve the contour of the face, particularly in men and women with long faces cheek implants can help to fill out the face. Additionally, as we age our skin looses its elasticity, as well as valuable fat, and muscles can begin to sag, all of which works together to create that sunken in appearance. Cheek implants will often be placed in conjunction with facial rejuvenation procedures such as a facelift to create a more smooth and youthful appearance. Cheek implants can increase facial harmony and create a more aesthetic balance among your other facial features.
Cheek implant surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with a sedative or under general anesthesia, depending on the patient and Plastic Surgeon’s preference. Generally, the incision is made inside the mouth, which means no visible scarring, and the implant is placed on or below the natural cheekbone. Implants will vary in size and shape to meet each patients individual goals. The procedure will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes when performed on its own, though it may be combined with other facial cosmetic procedures such as a brow lift, eyelid lift, or facelift.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Your Plastic Surgeon will go over these risks with you, but should you have any questions it is important that you ask them. There will be some dietary and activity restrictions following your procedure that you will need to follow while you heal to ensure a safe recovery. You may have limited mobility in your mouth and lips immediately following the surgery and any stitches placed to close incisions in your mouth will dissolve on their own within 10 days.
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